Body Harvest – Parasitic Slavery

Rating: 4/5
Released: 2019
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Band lineup:

Jake Ettle-Iles -Vocals & Guitar
Gareth Nash -Vocals & Guitar
Dan Shaw Odell -Bass
Will Pearson -Drums

  1. The Wrath Of Ra
  2. Global Decimation
  3. Hierarchy Of Grief
  4. Consumed By Tyrants
  5. Narcissistic Being
  6. Parasitic Slavery
  7. The Prophet
  8. The Endless Ascent
  9. Darkness Descends
  10. Apocalyptic Abomination
I first heard of Body Harvest when I was doing a gig review where they were supporting Hideous Divinity at the Garage Attic in Glasgow to a crowd of about fifteen people, having never heard of the band before. That night I was most impressed and even got myself a shirt to thank them for their performance. Fast forward a couple of years and now I’m getting to review the band’s second album in ‘Parasitic Slavery’, ten tracks of some high quality English death metal. Does the love affair continue?
It’s been five years since the band’s first album ‘Futile Creation’ was released and the UK death metal scene has been eagerly awaiting their latest creation. So what do we have here in ‘Parasitic Slavery’? Some delightfully malevolent and damn dirty death metal is what. Just what we could have hoped for no less. In the beginning, we pay homage to the old gods of Egypt and maybe to the more recent metal gods in Nile with ‘The Wrath of Ra’ and ‘Global Decimation’ where the riffs of the ancient kingdom open the album with seismic force.
This oriental style isn’t pursued much throughout the proceeding music (albeit the main riff for ‘The Prophet’ takes us back somewhat) as we go a bit more brutal as the album progresses. The pace of each track is unrelenting as is the endless barrage of uncompromising rhythm that each song exhibits. It can sound like Bloodbath at points but even a bit of Immolation creeps in songs like in the title track of the album. One of the stand out features is the stylistic differences in the lead guitar parts from Gareth Nash and Jake Ettle-Iles.

They can be easy to distinguish at times especially when Jake is hitting the whammy pedal, a tool used a bit more sparingly on their first album. They work well individually and share a fair proportion of the lead duties throughout the album. It’s when they combine that the biggest effect is felt such as the brilliant harmonising during ‘Darkness Descends’ which has to be one of the picks from the album.

There’s a large amount of quality in this album with some ridiculously heavy tracks. It starts almost as if setting a theme before dropping off a bit but you soon get so immersed in the brutality that you don’t really care and are just happy to have a functioning sensory system once it’s done. The final song on the album ‘Apocalyptic Abomination’ is a peach as well and deserves a quick mention. It leaves you with a desperate hunger for more. They are one of the up and coming death metal bands in the UK and will hopefully be satisfying our appetites both live and with more studio efforts in the very near future.
Review By Pete Mutant